Priority to Agriculture and Other Allied Activities
Chief Minister Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy said that the state
government is giving utmost priority to agriculture and other allied activities
such as poultry, dairy farm, fisheries, horticulture, animal husbandry and
sericulture. This will ensure that youth do not migrate to urban areas in
search of livelihood and also provide income through the development of these
sectors. The Chief Minister said that the government has hiked the budget to
agriculture by 67%, horticulture by 75%, fisheries by more than 1100% and dairy
sector by 150%.
The Chief Minister along with the Union Minister for
agriculture and food processing Mr Sharad Pawar today inaugurated the National
Fisheries Development Board regional office building at Rajendra Nagar in the
city. Speaking on the occasion the Chief Minister said that the planning
commission has been requested to extend support to the state government for
taking up construction of cold storages, godowns, food processing and other
value added units which will increase the income availability in the rural
areas and also arrest the migration of the educated rural youth to the urban
The Chief Minister said that more than 20 lakh fishermen
in the state who eke out their livelihood in the high seas are depend on the
mercy of the nature. As such the centre and the state government are taking
steps to ensure that they get sustainable income even during the period of
natural disasters such as sunaami, floods or earthquakes.
The state government is providing Rs 20,000 to the
fishermen for construction of houses on par with SCs and STs. However there is
an increasing demand that the amount is insufficient. Therefore, a high level
committee has been constituted to study the matter, the Chief Minister said and
added that on par with agriculture, the NALA fees has been waived for the
The Chief Minister appealed to the Union minister Sharad
Pawar to set up an acquarium as per international standards in the city which
will attract tourists and students. The Union Minister responded favourably to
the Chief Minsiter's request and announced that an acquarium of international
standards will be set up in the city.
Shri Sharad Pawar said that due to the efforts of the
scientists, the country has achieved self sufficiency in agriculture produce
and now we are exporting food grains to various countries. Similar efforts are
also required in the field of fisheries, he observed. The National Fisheries
Development Board will strive to increase the share of fisheries exports in the
world market, the minister added.
The Minister for state for fisheries Mr Charan Das said
that Andhra Pradesh ranks first in fish production. The Minister for Animal
Husbandry Mr Viswaroop spoke at length about the various measures taken by the
government towards the development of fisheries sector and the measures taken
by the government for the welfare of the fishermen.
MP M Srinivas Reddy, MLA T Prakash Goud spoke on the
occasion. MP Rajgopal Reddy and other officials were present on the occasion.